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Dr Ursula Rothe

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Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • ursula.rothe

Professional biography

Although originally from Australia, I studied for my undergraduate degree in Ancient History in Germany, after which I went to the University of Manchester to do my doctorate in Classics. From 2007-2011 I was in the Classics department at the University of Edinburgh, first as temporary lecturer, then as Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow. In 2012 I was project manager of the EU project DressID: Clothing and Identities in the Roman Empire based at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in Mannheim, Germany, which involved playing a key role in the development of the exhibition Die Macht der Toga. I joined the Open University in October 2012.

I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), and I am on the Roman Society's Archaeology Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Clayton Trust

Research interests

My research looks mainly at dress in the Roman Empire - both Rome and the provinces - and the way that clothing and appearance was used to assert and negotiate cultural identities. As the main source for this in the provinces are Roman-style portrait gravestones, I also have an interest in funerary art and epigraphy in general. Related to this work, I am also interested in cultural theory and the way we interpret cultural interaction in the Roman provinces, especially in regions where material culture plays a central role due to a lack of textual sources. I am currently working on a monograph for Bloomsbury Press on the toga.

I am also interested in rural settlement in the Roman Near East, and recently finished an excavation project investigating the remains of a late Roman monastery on Tall Zira’a in north-western Jordan.

I have run or been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands and Portugal.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who would like to work in any of the above areas.

 

 

Teaching interests

My teaching experience is mainly in Roman history and archaeology, but have also taught a wide range of other subjects such as Greek history and Classical art. At the Open University I have helped to write the Roman Empire course (A340) and the new MA in Classical Studies, and I am on the module teams for A863/A864 (the MA in Classical Studies) and the level 1 module A105: Voices, Texts and Material Culture. As Postgraduate Convenor for Classical Studies I look after our subject area's PhD students, and as FASS Deputy Director of Research Degrees I help look after the faculty's PhD students at a higher level as well. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Impact and engagement

I am a regular blogger and contributor to public fora, such as:

Prince Philip may well be Caligula’s horse”: blog post, Rogueclassicism  

What the Romans can teach us on immigration and integration”: article in The Conversation

Exploring Roman dress”: video interview on Classics Confidential 

I am also a regular advisor to television programmes broadcast on the BBC and the German channels ARD and ZDF.

I also run a Roman fashion show for schools - please contact me directly if you are interested in this for your school.

External collaborations

I am currently involved in the Dutch project Anchoring Innovation and co-supervise one of the project's PhD students. 

I have served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Archaeological Textiles Review based at the University of Copenhagen.

I am involved in peer-reviewing project proposals for the European Commission, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Romanian Research Council's Archaeology Section as well as a range of journals and publishers. 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Ancient Material Culture Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts

Publications

Excavations in Area III on Tall Zar‘ā (2018)
Rothe, Ursula; Kenkel, Frauke and Zerbini, Andrea
Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan ((In Press))
Tall Zar‘ā, Jordanien: Landwirtschaftlicher Komplex, ländliche Villa im orientalischen Stil oder Klosteranlage? Die Ausgrabungen im Areal III: Die Arbeiten des Jahres 2014 (2015)
Kenkel, Frauke and Rothe, Ursula
e-Forschungsberichte des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 2 (pp. 23-27)
Dress in the middle Danube provinces: the garments, their origins and their distribution (2012-11)
Rothe, Ursula
Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, 81 (pp. 137-231)
The “Third Way”: Treveran women’s dress and the “Gallic Ensemble” (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
American Journal of Archaeology, 116(2) (pp. 235-252)
Der Grabstein der Severina Nutrix aus Köln: eine neue Deutung (2011)
Rothe, Ursula
Germania, 89 (pp. 191-214)
Gallische Frauenkleidung in römischer Zeit (2010)
Rothe, Ursula
Mannheimer Geschichtsblätter, 19 (pp. 65-80)
Dress and Cultural Identity in the Rhine-Moselle Region of the Roman Empire (2009)
Rothe, Ursula
British Archaeological Reports
ISBN : 9781407306155 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Ethnicity (2017)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Harlow, Mary ed. A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion, Vol. 1: Antiquity
ISBN : 9781472557490 | Publisher : Bloomsbury
Ethnicity in the Roman north-west (2014-08-15)
Rothe, Ursula
In: McInerney, Jeremy ed. A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (pp. 497-513)
ISBN : 9781444337341 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Whose fashion? Men, women and Roman culture as reflected in dress in the cities of the Roman north-west (2013-07)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Hemelrijk, Emily and Woolf, Greg eds. Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity (360) (pp. 243-268)
ISBN : 9789004255944 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden
Das norische Frauengewand (2013-04-15)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Tellenbach, Michael; Schulz, Regine and Wieczorek, Alfried eds. Die Macht der Toga: Dresscode im römischen Weltreich (pp. 189-193)
ISBN : 978-3-7954-2590-6 | Publisher : Schnell und Steiner | Published : Mannheim
Die norisch-pannonische Tracht: gab es sie wirklich? (2013)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Grabherr, G.; Kainarth, B. and Schierl, T. eds. Relations Abroad? Brooches and Other Elements of Dress as Sources for Reconstructing Interregional Movement and Group Boundaries from the Punic Wars to the Decline of the Western Empire. Ikarus (pp. 33-48)
Publisher : Innsbruck University Press | Published : Innsbruck
Whose fashion? Men, women and Roman culture as reflected in dress in the cities of the Roman north-west (2013)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Hemelrijk, Emily and Woolf, Greg eds. Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity. (pp. 243-268)
ISBN : 9789004255951 | Publisher : Brill
Rome, resistance to (cultural) (2012-11)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, Roger S.; Broderson, Kai; Champion, Craige B.; Erskine, Andrew and Huebner, Sabine R. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5950-5953)
ISBN : 9781405179355 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Dress and cultural identity in the Roman Empire (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Harlow, Mary ed. Dress and Identity. University of Birmingham IAA Interdisciplinary Series: Studies in Archaeology, History, Literature and Art (2) (pp. 59-68)
ISBN : 9781407309422 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Roman Empire, regional cultures (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, R.S.; Brodersen, K.; Champion, C.B.; Erskine, A. and Huebner, S. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5866-5870)
Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Romanization (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, R.S.; Brodersen, K.; Champion, C.B.; Erskine, A. and Huebner, S. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5875-5881)
Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
The comparative and interdisciplinary approach and Romanisation studies (2007-09-01)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schroeder, H.; Bray, P.; Gardner, P.; Jefferson, V. and Macaulay-Lewis, E. eds. Crossing Frontiers: The Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeology. Proceedings of a Conference held at the University of Oxford, 25-26 June 2005. Oxford University School of Archaeology monograph (66) (pp. 99-110)
ISBN : 978-0954962777 | Publisher : Oxford University School of Archaeology | Published : Oxford
Die Anfänge der Romanisierungsforschung (2005)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schoerner, Günther ed. Romanisierung - Romanisation. Theoretische Modelle und praktische Fallbeispiele. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) (S1427) (pp. 1-13)
ISBN : 1841718661 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Kleidung und Romanisierung: der Raum Rhein-Mosel (2005)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schörner, Günther ed. Romanisierung - Romanisation. Theoretische Modelle und praktische Fallbeispiele. British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) (S1427) (pp. 169-178)
ISBN : 1841718661 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford

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